UK National Lottery Scratchcard minimum age limit to be raised to 18

Following the plan to protect vulnerable young people, UK Minister for Sport and Civil Society Mims Davies announced that the minimum age to play National Lottery scratchcards and online instant win games could be increased to 18. The current age limit for all National Lottery games is 16. The Government also announces it will raise the society lotteries’ annual sales limit to £50 million, increasing the money they can raise for good causes and the maximum per draw prize to £500,000.

Minister for Sport and Civil Society Mims Davies said: “I am immensely proud of the exceptional role that the National Lottery has played in Britain over the past 25 years. We want to protect its special place and these changes strike the right balance to ensure that both the National Lottery and society lotteries can thrive.

The National Lottery raises vast sums for good causes, and society lotteries play a vital role in supporting local charities and grassroots organisations. These measures will ensure we create the best landscape so people across our communities can continue to benefit.

But we also need to make sure that the National Lottery is fair and safe. That is why we are looking to raise the minimum age for instant win games so children and young people are protected. We are open to all feedback on changes to this and all of the various lottery products.”

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